Less than 24 hours before the non-waivers trade deadline, Brian Cashman evaluated things thusly:
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And he expects it to stay that way, at least as far as the Yankees are concerned, when the deadline comes at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
When asked before Monday night's game if he expected to make any deals, the general manager said: "Nope, not at all. It's possible, but I highly doubt it."
It was not known whether Mark Teixeira's wrist injury suffered Monday night would affect Cashman's thinking.
Cashman said the prices on available pieces have been high for the last month and have remained there.
"It's just gotten really quiet," he said. "I'm not going to count anything out, but [there are] a lot of buyers, not very many sellers. It just feels like it's gotten quiet."
Several big names have moved -- Zack Greinke to the Angels and Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers, to name a couple -- and another could go. That would be lefthander Cliff Lee, a pitcher the Yankees aggressively pursued in the 2010 offseason. Lee, of course, signed a five-year, $120-million deal with the Phillies, with a club option for $27.5 million in 2016.
Cashman said the $189-million threshold he's under orders by ownership to get the payroll at by 2014 -- in order to avoid severe luxury-tax penalties -- prohibits such an acquisition.
One talent evaluator from a competing team said if Lee is traded -- and it's not clear how seriously, if at all, the Phillies are shopping the lefthander -- it likely will be to the Rangers.
"They have to counter the huge KO punch the Angels threw at them with the Greinke deal," he said.
One area of the market the Yankees have been exploring is third base because of the injury to Alex Rodriguez. They've looked at the Padres' Chase Headley and were interested in the Rockies' Marco Scutaro before he was dealt to the Giants. The Phillies' Ty Wigginton remains a possibility but, again, Cashman isn't desperate.
"I'm very comfortable that I know we're getting our guys back from the DL," Cashman said, a reference primarily to Joba Chamberlain and A-Rod. "So it's just trying to maintain health, stay healthy and then getting healthy and keep going with what you got."